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Volute Krater (Mixing Bowl)

A work made of terracotta, red-figure.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of terracotta, red-figure.


About 340 BCE


Attributed to the Painter of Copenhagen 4223
Greek; Apulia, Italy

About this artwork

On the front of this vessel a young warrior and a tutor or philosopher are shown standing in a naiskos (tomb) surrounded by attendants with offerings; above them is the head of the mythical poet and singer, Orpheus.

On the back, another naiskos (tomb) is decorated with large white figures. Since the krater is a funerary vessel, these figures may be symbolic representations of the dead or they may depict marble statues of the tomb’s occupants.


On View, Gallery 151


Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Greek


Volute Krater (Mixing Bowl)


Apulia (Object made in)

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340 BCE


terracotta, red-figure


78 × 4838.1 cm (30 3/4 × 18 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Katherine K. Adler Memorial Fund

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